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   Posted 1/7/2005 9:02 AM (GMT -7)   
It seems my health adventures are not over.  Yesterday, I had my follow-up with the internist.  While there we discussed the UTI the urinalysis had picked up while I was in the hospital.  That one had showed high levels of leucocytes and blood.  I was given IV antibiotics.
Yesterday, the dr. did a new urinalysis, similar results.  So now I'm on a new course of antibiotics.  Who cares, what's another pill??  What does bother me is that today he's ordered an u/s of the kidney and pelvis, then on Monday I'm having a CT scan of the kidneys and abdomen.  Isn't this grand??
I asked him exactly what he's looking for.  He says "with my history...." yada, yada, yada.  Seems he's thinking about masses some place.  He says he can't disregard "blood in the urine."  I'm happy he's being so thorough, but I'm so tired of being poked, tired of lying quietly while a machine whirs up and down my body, tired of people I don't know touching my body.  Yesterday, late in the afternoon the dr's office called with the schedule for the tests and I could just feel myself withdrawing and my protective emotional walls go up.
All of this going on and I haven't even seen the cardiologist yet, that's on Tuesday of next week.  I'm feeling real angry about things lately and that's not like me at all.  I always feel anger is destructive, well, for me at least. Wish I could say, okay, another bump in the road, but this time I can't.  AH, BC the gift that keeps on giving.....  Luci
In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me lay an invincible summer.  Albert Camus

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   Posted 1/7/2005 9:09 AM (GMT -7)   
Oh Luci I had no idea all this was going on. And I really feel badly about that. You always seem so chipper and happy and smiling that when I think of you I see your smile. I hope and pray there is nothing in there to find. Maybe a UTI could be caused by some outside elements? Let us know when you are going for the tests. We will be there with you at the cardiologists on Tuesday. And will be keeping you in prayers meanwhile. I sure can't blame you for being angry at all you are having to deal with right now, but anger does not help much, positive thinking will, so please think positive. Many hugs and much love, MK

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   Posted 1/7/2005 9:13 AM (GMT -7)   
Oh Luci! Here's a big {{{{{HUG}}}}coming to you from back east! You certainly don't need a lecture, but be thankful your doc is being soooo thorough.... you know how much better off you will be just incase he finds something early.  Hope everything checks out just fine! Love ya! Frayda

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   Posted 1/7/2005 10:43 AM (GMT -7)   
Oh, Luci, I am sorry that your adventures have not ended. You deserve a rest! Surely it is a pork chop bone that has caused the UTI issues, nothing more!

We'll get the PCE for you on Monday. I am ready for a trip to Vegas, pink boa and all!

Hugs to you, dear Luci...

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   Posted 1/7/2005 10:54 AM (GMT -7)   
Luci, I am sorry about all the additional problems. But, aren't you glad you have a doctor who is being that thorough and diligent about your health? I know you get tired of all the tests, of being poked and proded, but if it helps them find out what is wrong, my dear, it will be worth the discomfort and inconvenience. Hang in there. I know you are one tough lady and you can do this. Hugs and love, Lauri
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   Posted 1/7/2005 10:58 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi Luci

I am so glad that you posted....everyone on this board understands and no need to smile when you feel like screaming ...you just feel free to come here and scream and vent all you want or call me and vent...that is what I do to you..!! Also, you have every right to feel angry. Cancer sucks and it seems we just cant get away from it....and yes it is the gift that just keeps giving...grrrrr mad

I will be with you today for that ultrasound and Monday for the CT scan.

I love you Luci,








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   Posted 1/7/2005 11:04 AM (GMT -7)   
Dear Luci,

I will also be with you on Monday. Hope these rains are being kind to you. You don't need flooding on top of everything else!!!! You have every right to be angry and tired. So, let it out, girlfriend. Who understands better than us????


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   Posted 1/7/2005 11:30 AM (GMT -7)   
{{Luci}} I am so sorry to hear about your latest adventures. I will be there with feathers on! Sending gentle hugs and lots of prayers your way.

Love you
Sara Dearing
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   Posted 1/7/2005 12:32 PM (GMT -7)   
Just sending a hug to you. I know this sucks...I hope they find what's wrong and that's it's nothing major.

Do not go gentle into that goodnight,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.
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   Posted 1/7/2005 12:57 PM (GMT -7)   
Oh Luci, I was hoping you were up and running again. I am so sorry to hear you are having to deal with more problems and tests. Please feel my (((((((((HUGS))))))))) and know you are in my prayers. L&H, Gail
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   Posted 1/7/2005 12:58 PM (GMT -7)   
I am so sorry, Luci, that you are having to go through this. There isn't a day that goes by anymore that I'm not cursing this dámned disease. We'll be there for the tests and for the cardiologist appointment. You are in my prayers and on my mind. You would think a doctor could tell the difference between a mass and your pork chop bone.
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   Posted 1/7/2005 5:02 PM (GMT -7)   
Dear Luci, I'm so sorry you are having to go through all of this.  I am impressed with the thoroughness of your doctors and I'll be with you Monday for the tests and Tuesday with cardiologist.  You'll be in my thoughts and prayers too.  Love and Hugs, Libby
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   Posted 1/7/2005 8:21 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey, sweet Luci. It's so good to see you posting. I'm hoping all of these hugs from your friends are giving you warm, fuzzies.

We're with you, dear friend, as you go through these tests and wait for the results. Can't you just hear JoAnnie shouting, "Pork Chop Bone!"?

I love you, hon, and am so thankful your dr is being so thorough. Bear with him, and we'll pray that good results will be on the way soon.


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   Posted 1/7/2005 9:22 PM (GMT -7)   


So sorry for all the additional stuff!  UTI's can be a real thorn in the side.  Hopefully it is just a pesky infection. 

I will have you in my prayers and I'll be there on Monday.

Love and hugs,



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 we hoped for,

but while we are here we might as

well dance.

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   Posted 1/8/2005 8:06 AM (GMT -7)   

Luci, my wonderful friend, my thoughts are with you. I have a friend that bought an inflatable punching-bag toy, and when she gets really angry, she punches it. Maybe that would work for you (you can pretend you're shopping for your grandbabies!!).

Be careful how you move, those pork chop bones can be sharp!!!

Love, Peg

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   Posted 1/9/2005 4:32 AM (GMT -7)   
Well, I am so sorry I had no idea all this was going on. I'm filling the PCE with petrol as we speak. You know we will all be there with you and chanting all the way down the hall about how bad cancer sucks. Just think about us! L&H JOYce
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   Posted 1/9/2005 6:46 PM (GMT -7)   

Luci...I wanted to send you my best wished and prayers that everything turns out okay.  I will tell you that my dh has had blood in his urine several times over the past years and it has been caused by recurrent kidney stones.  Adding my prayers for that pork chop bone.  This disease sucks.


Much love,


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   Posted 1/10/2005 6:48 PM (GMT -7)   
Oh Luci,
I thought that when I returned home you would be OK. Please know that I thought about you and was praying for you. I am so sorry that all of this is still going on. Please feel free to vent. I do that really well. Lots of love and prayers for you, Hugs, Di

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   Posted 1/10/2005 9:52 PM (GMT -7)   
Gads I've been out of touch!
Luci.  I hope you've been hearing good things and are in better spirits.  I saw you had so many replys to this post.  I hope it helped you.
I remember your smile and your fiestiness.  Anger can be productive.  It's better than feeling defeated, no?  I hope you see things better and see better things soon.  Love ya!
"Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall." -Confucius


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